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Putting the Personal in your Personal Statement

personal statementHello my prolific students! It’s that time of year again when med-school hopefuls start to think about completing their AMCAS applications. The application involves inputting all your grades from every class you ever took, picking fifteen representative activities and writing a small blurb about each one, choosing schools to apply to and getting your letters of recommendation organized.

One of the trickiest parts of the entire application is writing a personal statement. How do you wrap up your experiences, ambitions for the future, reasons for wanting to go to medical school and some personal flare all into a page-long essay

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Strategies for Promoting Empathy in Medical School

promoting empathy in medical schoolLast week I brought up the idea that medical students lose their empathy during medical school because they’re constantly overstimulated by emotions. This week I’d like to propose a few solutions to promoting empathy in medical school.

1. Offer medical students free counseling or therapy sessions on a regular basis. I know that this sounds really extreme or touchy-feely, but during the first weeks of school we had several sessions regarding everyone’s feelings about working with cadavers. That is the only time in the first six months of medical school that the curriculum has acknowledged that medical students have

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How Important is it to have Clinical Patient Experience?

Medical schools want to better equip you to successfully work with patients as a new doctor and to better facilitate the patient experience. An integral part of this is improving the doctor-patient relationship.

How can you use behavioral science backgrounds to help aid in clinical patient relationships? In this video, learn how important a background in behavioral sciences can be in the doctor-patient relationship.

We are looking forward to the next edition of #KaplanPulse which will be on January 22, 2014 at 8pm EST with the focus on research! REGISTER NOW!

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With 1/8th of a Medical Degree Finished, My Favorite Things about Medical School

EMILY-HAUSE-WINNINGHello my holiday readers! I just finished up my first semester of medical school and am officially 1/8 of the way to being a doctor. Since starting school in August, I’ve learned a lot, and most importantly I’ve gotten into my medical school groove. Classes aside, I’ve had some time outside class to explore the new city where I live, make some new friends and most importantly, get involved.

I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts that one of my favorite things about medical school is that people don’t join activities just for the sake of joining them. At this point

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9 Days Until Med School Insider 2013!

Kaplan Test Prep will host our fourth annual Medical School Insider on Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET.  This is our biggest event of the year for pre-meds and you absolutely don’t want to miss it!

The insights revealed at #medInsider are incredible, they’ll really change the way you look at the admissions process!  Be sure to mark your calendar now for this year’s live streaming event. Save your spot by clicking here now!

A sneak peak from one of the questions last year:

What is holistic review in medical school admissions?

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Medical School Insider: A Chance for Your Questions to be Answered

GM158-ThePulse-FB-PingraphicNavigating the waters of medical school admissions can be rough; from the personal statement, to the interview, admissions can seem daunting and confusing before one even begins to apply.  

While many people have opinions about the best way to gain admission, in the end, the only opinions that really matter are those of the admissions committees; after all, they’re the ones that decide whether you’ll be accepted or not. Unfortunately, opportunities to pick the brain of a Dean of Admissions are few and far between. In an effort to shed some light on what admissions committees think about when reviewing …

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Application Essentials II: The Personal Statement

Let’s start today with a simple (?) question:

“Who are you?”

With all respect to Roger Daltrey, this is actually one of the most challenging questions for pre-med students to answer.  And yet, this question is the basis of a major part of your application:  The Personal Statement.

While there just isn’t enough space in a single blog entry to cover every facet of the Personal Statement, there are a couple important themes to keep in mind as you’re coming up with what you plan to write in – what many admissions officers refer to as – “your …

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Social Media, The MCAT, and Medical School?

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram.  The list goes on. There are plenty of social networking sites out there that pre-medical students have accounts on and post content to on a daily, if not hourly basis.  While this is a fun, engaging way to maintain some semblance of a social life during the average student’s marathon long study session, there can be repercussions to what content might be being posted.

A great article was posted last week on American Medical News by Carolyne Krupa that highlights social media. The main message to remember is while applying for medical school and residency programs …
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Application Essentials I: The Holistic Review Process

Earlier this month, I had the great fortune of attending the 2012 AAMC Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.  This meeting represents one of the largest gatherings of medical educators, premedical advisors, admissions officers, practicing physicians and students in the country, all with one common goal:  your education.  This is the group that writes the MCAT, runs the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and creates informative resources like Careers in Medicine to help you plan your future medical career.

One of the “hot topics” in medical admissions these days is holistic review.  While a full detailing of this …

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Medical School Applications: A Plan for Success

Now that 2012 is upon us, I’m sure that all of you, like me, are hard at work on your many New Year’s Resolutions.  Granted, I haven’t had time yet to get in that extra trip to the gym, and it’s tough to eat healthy when it’s so easy to grab a burger on the way home. But really, I’m sure I’ll get down to business next week and we’ll all be well on our way to accomplishing our goals for 2012 by the end of the month, right? Right?

Many of you undoubtedly have high aspirations for the coming …

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